26 January 2012

Eliza Launches Random Perth on Australia Day

Eliza Launches Random Perth on Australia Day - Thur, 26 Jan 2011
Sometimes it doesn't take much. You've had a hard day. Nothing seems to be working for you. Then as you head home something random happens to you. It might be just a small act of politeness, your bus driver let's you on late or you see something which just makes you appreciate living ... especially in a place like Perth.

For thousands of Perth motorists it comes when they see Eliza, the Swan River's diving lady statue on the Crawley Foreshore. What she's wearing is completely random. A football club jumper, a graduation t-shirt, a dress for a royal wedding. It's this randomness that shakes things up. It makes life interesting.

Perth sits on the edge of the desert and takes pride in being the world's most isolated capital city. We live here, know it's great. But often it's the random moments and things you see which make it so awesome.

We want the people of Perth to share their random moments. That's why we've created this site. Anything you see ... which you think is random but special in its own way ... we want to feature. With Eliza as you're inspiration ... it's all up to you. Photos, practical jokes, personal stories ... anything. Send it in.

If you have seen anything random happen in Perth that is worth sharing, then email us with your photos and/or video links and we will share them with the people of Perth.

20 January 2012

The Eliza Statue - A Short Biography

Eliza - unveiled 15 Oct 2007
Before I start, it needs to be said, that this website is not just about the Eliza Statue, it's about random and positive acts by the people of Perth. The dressing of Eliza has become such a common and random event, and is a great way to get the website started. So please, send in any photos/video you have of any random acts that you have witnessed in Perth - info@randomperth.com.

Now onto this blog item....

Have you ever found yourself wondering what this statue is about? Who is she, why is she diving? Well, because the Eliza Statue has been a large make up of this blog, we thought we should seek some of the answers.

Courtesy of wikipedia and publicartaroundtheworld.com we have put together a brief summary of the Eliza Statue and why it was created.

Eliza Statue

A 2.2 metre high bronze statue of a woman in bathers, with her arms up in the air, looking like she is about to dive off the wooden platform into the water. The artwork has it's own lighting from solar panels.

Local artist Tony Jones and his son Ben were commissioned to create a fitting statue for the location.

History Behind the Statue:
The Eliza statue commemorates the Crawley baths which were a popular place to swim between 1915 - 1960's. The baths were opened in 1914 and became a place where hundreds of children learnt to swim. Olympic legends Murray Rose and Jon Hendricks were Crawley bath regulars.
Courtesy of: publicartaroundtheworld.com

Eliza was unveiled by the exiting Perth Lord Mayor, Peter Nattrass, Monday 15th of October 2007. Included in the unveiling presentation was a male and female dressed in 1940's swim wear.
Courtesy of: publicartaroundtheworld.com

The statue is located approximately 15 metres off the shoreline, in Matilda Bay on the Swan River, Western Australia. The photo's below are courtesy of Google, showing the aerial view of the statue, and location from the road.
Google Aerial View Google Street View

Click here to view the interactive Google street map showing the Eliza Statue.

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If you know anything else about the Eliza Statue you would like to share, please send us your comments below.

If you have seen anything random happen in Perth that is worth sharing, then email us with your photos and/or video links and we will share them with the people of Perth.